Robin Schoenthaler, MD is a cancer doctor, mother, and writer and this is
Robin is originally from California, a fact she seems compelled to mention within ten seconds of meeting anyone for the first time: childhood and college in Northern California (Carondelet High School and UC Berkeley), a southern migration for medical school and internship at the UCLA School of Medicine, and then back to the Bay Area for a residency in radiation oncology at the University of California at San Francisco. In between? Four years of driving an ambulance in West Oakland, three years with Cesar Chavez' United Farmworkers Union in the Coachella and San Joaquin Valleys, half a year volunteering in central Kenya, and various periods living in and around Mexico, all of which influence her practice of medicine, her parenting, her writing, and her unrecognizable Spanish accent.
In 1992 Robin left the only state she'd ever known and moved to Boston, accepting a job with the Massachusetts General Hospital. She figured she'd stay for a couple of years, learn the accent, see an occasional snow flake (for the first time in her life), and then hightail it back to California. Life had other plans and she's been in Boston ever since.
During those years she had her sons and developed a rewarding practice in the MGH Department of Radiation Oncology, primarily at Emerson Hospital where she's been privileged to be involved in the care of thousands of patients/role models. She also had a delightful fourteen-year tenure on Harvard Medical School Admissions Committee, served her town as a Town Meeting Member and Override Activist Redux, and has been running Emerson Hospital's Medical Education Program as Director of Medical Education since 2005.
In between? Kids, cooking, and creative writing, not necessarily in that order.